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  • Hawaii Book & Music Festival 2013

    Come see us at the annual
    Hawaii Book & Music Festival!

    Saturday, May 18 (10AM - 5PM)
    Sunday, May 19 (10AM - 6PM)
    Honolulu Hale Grounds

    This year, our booth has moved and we'll be right next to the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion, where all weekend long, authors and experts will talk about "Telling Lives" in a series of discussion panels centered on the theme of memoir and biography. Several of our own Watermark Publishing authors will be taking part on the panels, and if you're interested in publishing your own memoir, come talk to us about our new imprint, Legacy Isle Publishing!

    Our booth is located in the new "Hawaii Publishers Village" so you can shop not just our books, but the rest of the local publishers' as well.  This is a wonderful opportunity to score great deals, support the Island publishing industry and discover new books from local authors! We already said "great deals" but we just can't emphasize enough the fantastic bargains you'll find on books! (Scroll down to the end of this post for a special coupon offer from us.)

    Here's a look at which of our authors will be taking part in the Festival and where you can find them:

    2013SpeakersGov. Ben Cayetano
    BEN: A Memoir from Street Kid to Governor
    Sat., May 18 | 10AM
    “Kiss & Tell — The Naked Truth”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    Makia Malo with Pamela Young & Jeff Gere
    My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa
    Sat., May 18 | 10AM
    Talk-Story and Reading
    ALANA Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

    Andrew Catanzariti, illustrator
    Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!
    Sat., May 18 | Noon
    Children’s Book Read-Aloud
    Illustrating Children’s Books Discussion
    Keiki Read-Aloud Pavilion

    Gail Miyasaki & Ted Tsukiyama (Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board)
    Japanese Eyes, American Heart — Vol. 2
    Voices from the Home Front in World War II Hawaii
    Sat., May 18 | 3PM
    “Living Memory — Honoring the Past”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    Tom Moffatt
    Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars
    Sun., May 19 | 3PM
    “Perfect Pitch — Telling Musical Lives”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    And, as promised, here's a special savings coupon for you! Bring it to our booth on Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19, and we'll give you $10 off your $25 purchase. (Sorry, but the discount does not apply to purchases of our super bargain priced used books, and cannot be combined with other offers.)

    HBMF2013CouponCan't make it to the Festival? We're sad to hear we won't see you. But you can still get a 25% discount on our books by shopping online during the HBMF week (May 13 through 19). Free shipping on all orders over $25. Use coupon code HBMF13 at (Excludes our used book selections.)

  • Wordsworth's Poe-TREE Contest Winners

    Happy Earth Day, everyone! We are celebrating by announcing the winners of the Wordsworth the Poet "Poe-TREE Contest!"

    In the Wordsworth Poe-TREE Contest, students were asked to write a poem celebrating their favorite tree, following the model of Wordsworth the Mouse and his friends in the book Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! The young mice in the story campaign to save the trees in their community by writing poems reminding all the neighbors about the special qualities of the trees around them.

    Poems were judged based on creativity, poetic merit and how well they conveyed what makes the trees special to the students. The six contest winners will receive a copies of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.

    MakaylaRoseMolden (current) Makayla Rose Molden

    K-5 Division Winners:

    Makayla Rose Molden (age 6, Kapolei, Mauka Lani Elementary), untitled

    The Mountain Apple tree is yummy to me.
    The fruit is up so high to knock it down is a game I try.
    I collect the fruit and make apple pie.



    Eli Wolfe Eli Wolfe

    Eli Wolfe (age 5, Honolulu, University Laboratory School), “Banyan Tree”

    I like to climb the
    Banyan tree
    at Barwick.
    I can climb to
    the sky.
    You should try it too
    It is so fun.


    Grade 6-8 Division:

    Cindy Tsou Cindy Tsou

    Min-Hua (Cindy) Tsou (age 11, Kapolei, Kapolei Middle School), “Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum)”

    A bright, scarlet leaf blew by.
    A red lobed leaf fall and fly.
    It can be red, yellow and even green.
    Red maple trees makes a beautiful scene.
    It grows in the north, with it’s flower blooming back and forth.
    A red maple tree brings red, bright shines.
    A red maple is of course, very fine.


    Emerson Goo Emerson Goo

    Emerson Goo (age 12, Honolulu, Niu Valley Middle School), “Forest Guardians”

    Sentinels at watch
    Forest guardians holding
    Treasured memories




    Grade 9-12 Division:

    Sophie Corless Sophie Corless

    Sophie Corless (age 15, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “The Lemon Tree”

    The cool sticky air clings to me;
    my bare feet squelch in the grass
    just after the rain shower.
    The lemon tree stands in the back corner
    towering over the garden, and has a prevailing presence.
    Under the tree lies my step ladder,
    with my initials carved in the leg.
    The wicker basket dangles
    on a tiny branch at my height.
    I have my technique down,
    twist and snap over and over again.
    Even the bees and ants are fixated on my movements,
    their fragile wings and tiny legs
    seem to stop to observe.
    Little droplets collect in the pores of the rind,
    making my hand cool,
    droplets of lemon juice ooze through the pores
    and run down my hand to my wrist and to my elbow,
    stopping and then dripping off.
    By the end I am covered in a mixture of rain and lemon,
    dried and sticky.
    With every lemon I snap off,
    the branch snaps back and sprinkles me with rain.
    I swear I hear my sweltering forehead
    sizzle against the cool droplets.
    In the kitchen I squeeze every last lemon,
    popping the juice into the pitcher with the yellow flowers,
    along with a fistful of sugar and a splash of water.
    I crack the ice tray in half, scooping out the cubes.
    The first sip makes my face contort
    into an uncomfortable position,
    one you can’t avoid,
    but the last is always the sweetest.

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    Zoe Edelman Brier (age 18, Allendale, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “Veins of Color”

    I remember maple Leaf picking
    with my father before the bus
    came to ship me off
    to a grey school building
    with a grey blacktop
    and grey windows.
    The colors of the Leaves
    were brighter than anything
    I’d ever seen, standing out
    against the blah of morning.
    even through fog,
    the Leaves shown like bright beacons
    of change and hope for the future.
    the Leaves would vein and crinkle
    in red and orange and yellow,
    mixing in a thin canvas.
    My father would sit me on his shoulders
    and have me reach the highest branch
    possible to get the best Leaf
    to press in a book that I still have
    12 years later, the colors frozen in time,
    unbrowned and delicate, red stains
    clashing with the dark green of Leaf.

    Congratulations to all our winners! Go give your favorite tree a hug!

  • INSPIRED FOOD: The Roots of Hawai'i Cuisine

    Watermark Publishing and Alan Wong's Restaurants are pleased to collaborate with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i to present an event honoring mothers (and all those other women who raised us) and their role in our food heritage.

    Inspired Food: The Roots of Hawai'i Cuisine, a brunch & talk-story with Chef Alan Wong & Arnold Hiura will take place Saturday, April 27 (10AM - 1:30PM) at the JCCH Manoa Grand Ballroom. This limited-seating event will include a talk-story presentation by Chef Alan and Arnold on the roots of Hawai'i cuisine and the roles their own mothers' food played in their lives.



    This will be a fun and unique way to celebrate Mother's Day a little early -- ahead of all the crowds!

    This event is a fundraiser for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i; proceeds from ticket purchases benefit the Center. Seating is limited to 200 guests; individual tickets are $125, or reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $2,000.

    Each ticket includes:

    • Brunch (tasting stations by Alan Wong's; entrée selections prepared by Pagoda Floating Restaurant; coffee by Pavaraga Coffee and chocolate truffles by Choco Le'a)
    • Choice of either Chef Alan's The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong OR Arnold Hiura's Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands

    Table purchases also include reserved seating; open seating for individual tickets. To purchase tickets, call (808) 945-7633 or email

    Chef Alan and Arnold will be autographing books following their presentation; additional copies of their books will also be available for purchase, to help benefit the Center.


  • Feng Shui Lectures with Clear Englebert

    Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert

    Get a good start in the Year of the Snake by learning more about how to apply feng shui principles to your life! Clear Englebert, author of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens will be giving the following lectures in the upcoming months:

    The Kealakekua Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on the principles of feng shui on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30pm.

    The lecture will address the differences between schools of feng shui, explain chi energy and how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow. Englebert explains why some energy is considered negative and how to deflect it. Additional lecture topics include furniture selection and placement, locating powerful spots within a room, and dealing with clutter. Tips for relationships and prosperity are emphasized, and examples specific to Hawai‘i homes allow a clearer understanding of how to apply the principles in the Islands.

    _MG_3229 Clear Englebert explains how to apply feng shui concepts in the garden to Hawaii News Now reporter Dan Cooke.

    The Hilo Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on applying the principles of feng shui in your garden to create positive energy in your home and life on Saturday, April 6 at 2:30pm.

    Your garden is your first and best opportunity to create positive energy for your home. Englebert explains chi energy and shows how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow, stressing the importance of the approach to the home.  He tells why some energy from neighboring structures is considered negative and how to deflect it. Emphasis is placed on harmonizing the home with the surrounding landform. The examples are specific to Hawai‘i homes, and to the landscape, climate, and culture of the Islands, allowing a clear understanding of how to apply feng shui principles here. He also explains which plants to select and where to put them.

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